Officers investigating the murder of a takeaway boss Tipul Sultan say they have a number of new leads after an appeal on BBC One’s Crimewatch programme last night.
Mr Sultan, 32, was killed almost instantly after being shot from close range at the rear of the Herbs n Spice Kitchen takeaway in Lake Avenue in South Shields on the evening of Tuesday, April 7.
Two men on a motorbike were seen driving into the rear lane in Lake Avenue just before the incident and seen driving away immediately after the shooting.
Officers believe that these two men were responsible for the murder of the dad-of-two, who lived in Millfield in Sunderland, and inquiries are underway to identify and locate them.
A reconstruction of murder aired on the Crimewatch programme last night and Detective Chief Inspector John Bent appeared live in the studio to appeal for anybody with information about the shooting to contact police.
After the appeal a team of Northumbria Police detectives remained in the studio to take calls from the public about the murder.
We have had a number of good calls that are helping us with our inquiries.DCI John Bent of Northumbria Police
And now DCI Bent has revealed the team now have a number of interesting leads to investigate in light of the reconstruction.
He said: “We have received a number of really interesting calls since the reconstruction aired and some members of the public have even presented us with names for who they think could be the two suspects on the motorbike.
“Already we have been able to eliminate one person we were trying to trace from our inquiries and have a number of new leads that our team of detectives will investigate.
“But despite the success of the appeal we would still urge anybody with information about what is a brutal and cold blooded murder to get in touch.
“We are still trying to trace the drivers of a small silver vehicle, perhaps a Vauxhall Corsa or a Ford Fiesta, that was seen at the back of the takeaway just before the shooting took place.
“Any information could be the key we need to solving this crime and no matter how irrelevant you may think the information may be it could help solve the murder of Tipu Sultan.
“If anyone has any information they can contact officers in Northumbria on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“Any information can be passed anonymously and we just need any information that you may have that could help us catch Tipu’s killers.”
DCI Bent also appealed for anyone who knows anything about a burnt out motorcycle, matching the description of the one seen driving away from the scene, that was found a day after the murder.
The parts were found in a field in Waterloo Road, in the Sulgrave area of Washington, and have been sent away for forensic testing to establish if they could be parts of the bike that the offenders used.
Any information can be passed to police, anonymously, on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.